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    Bad helmet cam

    After watching all of Wherewolf's cool helmet cam videos, I thought it would be fun to try one of my own. But I've also seen him suffer with that big camera strapped to his helmet. So when my sister gave me a teensy weensy video camera that she won in a contest, I thought I'd give it a try.

    The good thing about it is that it's very small and very light:


    So I could attach it to my leg with an Ace bandage. Low tech, but it worked pretty well:



    The bad thing is that as it saves the video onto an SD card, it compresses it--poorly. It saves it as a .avi file, which doesn't decode that well on a Mac. So if I try to bring it into iMovie, I have to convert it to mp4 which takes a long time, and then import it into imovie, which also takes a long time. Blech.

    Here's a short video (a little over a minute), shot on the swoopy part of North Burma so that I wouldn't have to pedal. Notice what happened to my front wheel and fork. It looks like they are going thru a time warp:



    Here's the streaming video. Just click, no need to download.
    I think it's better to stick to a real video camera.
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    I told you so!

    I told you so! At least once a week somebody suggests something like this. If I'm really bored I'll take the time to explain why it's not a good idea. But they never listen. Remember the guy at Downieville? I would not say I suffer with mine. It is by far the lightest and easiest to use direct mount system there is. But I do tend to get a headache sometimes because it has to be on pretty tight. However, all artists suffer for their art

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    I never doubted you, but since I got the camera for free, I thought it would be worth a try. Maybe someday they'll make a camera that's small and still has good quality.
    功夫大师喜欢骑着他的自行车在山上。

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    It's amazing that you were able to ride the entire trail with your wheel so badly taco'd.
    There are no stupid questions but there are A LOT of inquisitive idiots.


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    Has WhereWolf posted his video setup before? I'd like to see how he gets the nice clean video. I like the looks of the Panisonic camera that comes with a lipstick helmet cam, I just wonder how good it is...

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    I have used this one before, and i would recommend it. as for strapping, stick to the helmet..

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    I dug it, bring that sucker tomorrow. I liked the leg cam being so close to the ground it looked faster. and I could tell exactly where you were on the trail. next should be the fork cam!!!!

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    Leg cams only work when you don't have to pedal and when it's not too bumpy. Watching footage of a leg cam that is peddling will make you sea sick.
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    Want it lower?

    Quote Originally Posted by g-funk
    I dug it, bring that sucker tomorrow. I liked the leg cam being so close to the ground it looked faster. and I could tell exactly where you were on the trail. next should be the fork cam!!!!
    Want it lower? I did a shoe cam at Downieville recently. It's on my site as well as details on my setup.
    Last edited by Wherewolf; 08-09-2006 at 08:42 AM.

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    Does N Burma do that to everyone's wheels? I am NEVER riding there!

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    Yeah! N Burma is the Mystery Spot of Santa Rosa
    There are no stupid questions but there are A LOT of inquisitive idiots.


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    I dug it too, thanks for posting.
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    check out this site for a camera rig suggestions;
    http://www.digave.com/videos/how.htm
    He also has some wicked videos on his site, you should check those out too.

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